“As the deer pants for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I come and stand before him?” Psalm 42:1-2 (NLT)
It says in Acts 13:22b (KJV), “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.” GNB translates this verse “- – is the kind of man I like, a man who will do all I want him to do.” The phrase “a man after his own heart,” is also found in I Samuel 13:14 KJV, but the ERV says, “The LORD was looking for a man who wants to obey him. He has found that man”.
I used to think this verse meant that David was a favorite of God. It is true that King David was the greatest king Israel ever had, and God gave him the tremendous privilege of being an ancestor of Jesus Christ, plus many other promises. Where would we be if we did not have so many Psalms composed by David to encourage us in our lives? Then it comes to mind how David miserably failed to control his lust and he committed adultery with Bathsheba, and the same as killed her husband Uriah to try and hide his sin. David was certainly not a perfect man. So why was he called a man after God’s heart?
David was a man who in his heart of hearts truly wanted to please and obey God. When God told him to do something, he did his best to obey. He followed the advice God gave him through the prophets. He won wonderful victorious battles against the enemy nations. In his great moment of weakness, he fell into great sin, however, in his heart of hearts he still loved and wanted to please God. When he was confronted by the prophet about his sin, he truly, truly repented and was sorry for his sin. He pled with God to not cast him away from His presence and not take His Holy Spirit from him – Psalm 51:11. David truly wanted to touch the heart of God. Thus, God forgave him, even though consequences followed.
How can we be called people after God’s own heart? As our key verse says, we must thirst after God like a thirsty deer or buck who is desperate to get to water. Nothing else must be more important than finding and doing the will of God. Nothing must distract us when we are determined to get into – and keep – in the presence of God – we must not be satisfied with anything else. “Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.” Psalm 73:25,26 (NLT)
“Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness! For they shall be filled.”
Matthew 5:6 (KJV)